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january 1. the so-called fiscal cliff. the republican speaker of the house tried to force through his solution last night but he couldn't keep his own party in line. nancy cordes is at the capitol. nancy? >> reporter: scott, this was an unforced error. speaker boehner did not have to bring this plan "b" bill up but he was simply trying to get more leverage in negotiations with the president. instead, the misstep left him weaker and there is genuine confusion among both parties tonight about what to do now. speaker boehner left the capitol for the holiday this is afternoon, 18 hours after his risky move backfired. >> we didn't have the votes to pass it. it's not the outcome that i wanted. boehner wanted the house to pass a bill extending the bush-era tax cuts for all households making less than a million dollars a year. but a few dozen conservatives balked, saying it amounted to a tax hike on millionaires. louisiana's john flemming was one of the holdouts. >> raising taxes on any american to me is not the right message. the right message is cutting spending. >> reporter: a defeated spe
went over the fiscal cliff and republicans don't think the media would accept that narrative. i don't know. you would know better than i would about how the media would react to that. that was a feeling on the republicans part they couldn't successfully pin obama with going over the cliff. >> i never speak for the media. i speak only for myself. i don't know. it is going to really depend, don't you think? matt, you have a column back in december that said john boehner cat herder and i was thinking the cats got the better of the speaker. what do you think that means for his future? does he remain as speaker? does someone else come in and take over because it is an indication he can't control his own group? >> well, it certainly wasn't a vote of confidence. i think, john boehner was right. he gave that press conference today and said, you know, people like me, it is true, i talked to congressman and they like boehner and the problem is they don't respect him enough to listen to him and they don't fear him and it is sad if you think about it. there is a structural problem that i think
you think. tonight's question, do republicans want the country to go over the fiscal cliff? text "a" for yes. text "b" for no to 622639. you can always go to our blog at ed.msnbc.com. we'll bring you the results later on in the show. i'm joined tonight by congresswoman debbie wasserman schultz. congresswoman, great to have you with us tonight. >> thanks. >> and the chair of the dnc. this has been a real circus the last 24 hours. the president today, congresswoman, went back to the basics. he basically said, let's just all get along on the 98%. >> right. >> let's just vote on that. why won't john boehner go there and trust the president that all of you can work on spending cuts after the first of the year? what's wrong with that? >> well, there is certainly nothing wrong with it, and that's the certainly that we should have already been able to give the middle class. it's what the president has been pushing for, and we have the bill that the senate sent us in july sitting in the house, ready to be voted on and sent to the president. but, you know, look. doing the right thing, doing t
republicans should return to negotiating table and work with democrats that avoids the fiscal cliff all together. republicans should support passing a bill that extends tax cuts for families up to $250,000 and delays the so-called sequester while we negotiate additional policies next year. but the bottom line is moving forward will require cooperation from speaker boehner and senator mechanic connell. we hope they'll return from christmas ready to coop rate. >> well, you know, senator reid can try to fill that vacuum. but he controls one-half of one of the two bodies in congress. it still boils down to this dynamic that hasn't changed now for a year and a half. the democrats, and you've got to include reid and the president, are negotiating with a side led by john boehner who, despite whatever he may want to do himself, can't bring together his own team. he's being held hostage by his own kau cuss. now, i wrote this in the book i had about the last time we went through this a year and a half ago, that mitch mcconnell is one of the craftiest negotiators on capitol hill. last year, when w
boehner is encouraging republicans to work with democrats to avoid the fiscal cliff. this comes a day after president obama said he will pursue a less am by shougs budget deal with republicans. there is good news no matter what congress does to address the problem, it is too late for employers to with hold income taxes from paychecks next month. employers are going to with hold the tax for the 2012 rates. >> president obama is restricting the number of inaugural balls to the lowest number in 60 years. there will be only two official parties right now. there was 10 held the last time around. there will be a concert honoring military families held on saturday before the inauguration. >> before the ina ration christmas. we are three days away. the holiday came a little early for some people. the women's organization has been an outreach to families that have people that are ill or incarcerated. >> thank you for all the people have done. this is overpowering. >> tears of joy as the washington wizards and volunteers delivered bags of gifts to her home. >> my
the fiscal cliff, and republicans don't think the media would accept that narrative. you know better than i would how the media would react but that was the feeling on the republicans' part, they couldn't successfully pin obama with going over the cliff. >> i never speak for the media, i speak only for myself, and i don't know. it's going to depend. you have a column in december that said, john boehner, cat herder. i was thinking the cats got the better of the speaker. what do you think that means for his future? does he remain as speaker? does someone else come in and take over because it's an indication he can't control his own group? >> well, it certainly wasn't a vote of confidence. i think, look, john boehner was right, he gave that press conference today, he said, you know, people like me, something to that effect. it's true. . i talk to congressmen, they like boehner, the problem is they don't respect him enough to listen to him, they don't fear him. and it's kind of sad, if you think about it. there's a structural problem that i think is sort of implicit here. but the conservative b
. we begin with where things stand on the fiscal cliff, msnbc political analyst and msnbc contributor jared bernstein. jentle men, president obama tonight said he had spoken with speaker boehner in addition to senate majority leader harry reed. >> i just spoke to speaker boehner and i also met with senator reed. in the next few days, i've asked leaders of congress to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for two million americans and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. >> jared, is this actually a setback for the president in so far as the embarrassed speaker with someone at least with whom he was dealing? and now, the president really doesn't have a negotiation partner? >> i do think it's a setback from the nation because the president and speaker boehner were actually moving to a credible, plausible compromise at the very beginning of the week. of course, that's horribly off track now when john boehner decided to go to plan b. i think the president's lever raj, if anything, is
students from around the country. also, the state of the fiscal cliff after a split among republicans; plus shields and gerson. but first, the other news of the day. here's hari sreenivasan. >> sreenivasan: the streets of egypt's second largest city were filled with clashing islamists and their opponents today. the groups confronted each other in alexandria. it was the eve of a final-round vote on a draft constitution that's backed by islamists and president mohammed morsi. supporters of morsi and protesters threw rocks at each other, and riot police intervened with tear gas. officials said at least 40 people were injured. it was unclear who started the fight. north korea has detained an american citizen, and says he confessed to unspecified crimes. he was identified today as kenneth bae, a korean-american tour operator from washington state. north korean state media said he entered the country, with a tour, on november 3. the north has detained five other americans since 2009. all were released, eventually. american leaders past and present paid tribute today to the late senator daniel ino
a fiscal cliff deal. and he says it's doable. tonight's market monitor guest is not scared off by cliff worries. he's buying stocks, saying the markets will do well in the new year. he's richard steinberg of steinberg global asset management. and warren buffett, the oracle of omaha has plenty to say on taxes and the fiscal cliff: we talk with his long-time friend and "fortune" magazine journalist carol loomis. that and more tonight on "n.b.r." some straight talk from president obama tonight about the fiscal cliff. speaking to reporters from the white house he said he's ready and willing to get a comprehensive packageone,ut it's up to republicans and democrats to make it happen. >> nobody gets 100% of what they want. everybody has to give a little. >> susie: the president also proposed a smaller package that prevents taxes for 98% of americans from going up and for unemployment insurance to be extended. he pressed lawmakers to agree on this in the next ten days. darren gersh has details. >> reporter: one day after the collapse of efforts to avoid the fiscal cliff, all sides were speaker
a fiscal crisis collapses. is there a plan c or are we headed off the cliff? and top officials testify on capitol hill about the benghazi attack, but we'll have to wait longer to hear from hillary clinton. do they are role in that debacle effect her plans for 2016? welcome to the journal, editorial report, i'm paul gigot, as the nation copes with the shooting deaths of six deaths and 20 children at an elementary school in newtown, connecticut efforts turn now to preventing the next tragedy, with president obama appointing a task force for gun violence and members of congress calling for stricter gun control measures. but my guest this week says the heart of the problem is not the availability of weapons, but the abundance of individuals with severe mental disorders who are not being treated. dr. e fuller is the founder of the treatment advocacy center and author of the "insanity offense" how america's failure it treat the seriously mentally ill is endangering its citizens. doctor torrey. welcome here. and you've written you're not against guns, but people's access. how many people are
by a discussion by house republicans and speaker boehner's negotiations on the fiscal cliff. then a look back at the columbine shootings and lessons learned in the newtown, connecticut shooting. "washington journal" live at 7:00 eastern here on c-span. >> what is the most important issue he should consider in 2013? >> if you're in grade 6 through 12 make a short video about your message to the president. >> with your chance to win the grand prize of $5,000 and there are $50,000 in total prices. for more information go to student cam.org. >> today president obama nominated senior massachusetts senator john kerry to be secretary of state. senator kerry is a vietnam war veteran and chairman of the foreign relations committee. he was also the 2004 presidential nominee. this is under 10 minutes. >> good afternoon, everyone. when i took office our nation was engaged in two wars and all qaeda was entrenched in their safe havens. many of our alliances were afraid. for the past four years we have begun a new era of american leadership. we ended the war in iraq, put the al qaeda on the path to defeat a
over the fiscal cliff because any vote on taxes technically would be to cut them? >> we've heard some republicans say that, but i think overall, they know. both sides know that to go over the cliff, will lead to political consequences. polling suggests that republicans would suffer the most if something like that happens. the speaker especially labeled unpopular and somewhat responsible for this, and i think republicans will help that. taxes shurnt go up. if they were to go up by law, conceivably they could come back in january and lower them and campaign on the fact that they lowers taxed. >> let's take a look at what speaker boehner said on friday. >> many of us believe on both sides of the aisle, the fundamental reform of our taxes will help get our economy moving faster and get more americans back to work. how we get there, god only knows. >> so the president says he's going to head back to washington after christmas to try and hammer out a deal before new year's. babe boehner said god only knows, god and ed o'keefe. how do they get there? >> for practical reasons there, are bills
republicans in congress as the fiscal cliff looms. so what happens next? moments away. >> continuing now with top story this evening. today corporal john hammarar found out he is going to be spending christmas with his family rather of course alone in a mexican prison. hammar's family is from florida. several members of the florida congressional delegates including senators bill nelson and marco rubio helped lead the fight to free the marine. but perhaps the most vocal of all of them was congresswoman ill anna ross layton who joins us now from miami with the inside story of how this all went down. congresswoman roth layton, it's so good to see you. >> thank you, laura. >> laura: beaten up in congress. approval rating is down. but now we see congress actually gets rules with the help of the factor of course and all of fox news. go ahead. tell us what happened. how did this all go down? >> well, absolutely fox news and o'reilly factor you guys saved his layoff. i mean literally, remember that as you said in the top of the program the parents tried to do it it the old fashioned way. john ha
and it was no surprise that harry reid was meeting yesterday, it would be a short-term fix to prevent the fiscal cliff. the other is the grand bargain, and time is running out, it's unlikely you will get something like that, however, there's a chance that john boehner and republicans say, mr. president, the last offer that you had on the table, we agree to. and the third option is going over the fiscal cliff and as my colleague has pointed out time and time again, that seems to be the more likely option for everyone, because you end up going over and then that would allow republicans to countenance cutting taxes the way that president wants to do and that seems to be the direction we will be going. >> that third option, juftd going over the cliff, what are you hearing from the white house? is there a sense of confidence that if that were to happen that they would rebound better than republicans? >> reporter: well there's a sense in part, if you look at the polls, the majority of americans say they would blame republicans if the country were to go over the fiscal cliff. the white house feels they are i
on republicans to at least extend the middle class tax cuts to avoid the fiscal cliff. those folks, families making under 250,0 a year, kept up the pressure on republicans to at least do that and that, we may see that happen,elissa because, listen, there are some republicans on the hill who think, heard it from senator corker, who said, hey, let's just do that but let's get to entitlement reform and real spending cuts when w get to the debt ceiling in february and march. we might, i can't rule out that might happen but right now, there is no deal. melia: all right. peter. thank you so much for that, thanks fo sticking around. for more analysis of president the's remarks let's bring back our money power panel. kimberly foss, scott martin and steve hayes. steve, as i was listening to that i felt taxes go up, didn't you? i just, you can feel it in your bones. it is a-come inch. >> this is what the profit wants. you heard himbout unemployment insurance, extending that. you heard about the taxes above 250, going up. this is basically sort of the bare bones of president obama's wish-list. i think
we are in the fiscal cliff. host: we are talking with steph en dinan, the political politics as a at the washington times. but our next call comes from cal in tennessee on our republican line. caller: the tax increases are not enough. when you look at 1 $3 trillion over 10 years -- this president over the last -- when you look at $1.30 trillion olver 10 years -- over 10 years, we have spent $4.60 trillion or $4.70 trillion every year. what we need is more cuts in programs so we actually have more. we need $4.60 trillion in cuts to programs. if we are going to be back on the fiscal plan we honestly need. this president was elected by people who were already democrats in 2008 and 2012. he did not have a hard time getting reelected. we made a mistake about electing this guy for sure. guest: the caller has a lot of good numbers. these are rough, but about $2.30 trillion in revenue. last, we only had $1 trillion in deficits. his point is correct. the problem is you have the government taking in 60% of gross domestic product in tax revenue and spending between 23% or 24% in gdp in
with republicans on the other side of the aisle. going over the fiscal cliff is bad for everybody. i hope that both, all of our leaders on both sides of the aisle will try to embrace a solution before those tax rates go up for all americans. >> yeah. let me talk to you both about benghazi. an independent review found failures in leadership and management at the state department in terms of the attacks on benghazi and how it was handled and everything that followed as a result. do you think this will tarnish hillary clinton's reputation at all as she leaves the administration, maria? >> i don't think that it will, randi. you know, the secretary herself is the first one to say that the buck stops with her. she has taken full responsibility for this. the state department with her at the head of it has accepted all 29 recommendations that came out of this report. she understands that there have been failures and that things need to change. and she has been the first to say that. she is going to testify next month about this. she is never one to either go back on her responsibility or to shy away if res
worked tirelessly for his release. and later a civil war among republicans in congress as the fiscal cliff looms. so what happens next? moments away. i always wait until the last minute. can i still ship a gift in time r christmas? yeah, sure you can. great. where's your gift? uh... whew. [ male announcer ] break from the holiday stress. ship fedex express by december 22nd for christmas delivery. is bigger than we think ... sometimelike the flu.fer from with aches, fever and chills- the flu's a really big deal. so why treat it like it's a little cold? there's something that works differently than over-the-counter remedies. prescription tamiflu attacks the flu virus at its source. so don't wait. call your doctor right away. tamiflu is prescription medicine for treating the flu in adults and children one year and older whose flu symptoms started within the last two days. before taking tamiflu tell your doctor if you're pregnant, nursing. have serious health conditions, or take other medicines. if you develop an allergic reaction, a severe rash, or signs of unusual behavior, stop taking
in the house for his plan the proposal on the fiscal cliff has embarrassed the speaker, but the speaker's failure means a solution to the fiscal cliff is, if they're going to be one, now resting squarely upon president obama. arsine to be vacationing president alone cannot propose legislation that wins majority support in both the house and senate, and the decision to go over the fiscal cliff now depends on his ability to successfully negotiate and to forge a compromise that appeals to both republicans and the far left in mr. obama's party. the president met with senate majority leader harry reid this afternoon and talked with speaker boehner to begin anew that effort to reach compromise. >> averting this middle-class tax hike is not a democratic responsibility or republican responsibility. with their foes the american people have determined that governing is a shared responsibility between both parties in this congress laws can only pass with support from democrats and republicans, and that means nobody gets 100 percent of what they want. lou: there are only ten days remaining to the f
must preclude going over the fiscal cliff, by a balanced agreement that democrats and republicans him support, the president can sign, and that can pass the senate. we should not seek taxes go up on working-class americans. we should not see doctors put a risk in terms of their delivery of services to seniors. we should not see the alternative minimum tax and put at risk. we need to lend confidence to our country. some years ago, he confronted partisan gridlock. newt gingrich and bill clinton got together to reach an agreement it was very controversial. newt gingrich said -- this is october 20, 1998. "i will say to each and every member of this house, unless they have a plan they think can get 218 votes over here, can pass through a filibuster in the senate, and get signed, there is no responsible vote except yes." america expects its congress to get to yes. we are prepared to work with the speaker and with the republican leadership. we all need to be willing to work with the president of united states to get to yes, for our country and for our constituents. now, and want to yield to
that a comprehensive solution to the looming fiscal cliff will need to be a bipartisan solution. >>reporter: senate republican leader mitch mcconnell said the next move needs to come from the president. >> he is the only one that can do it. this isn't john boehner's problem to solve. >>reporter: without a deal, steep tax hikes and massive government spending cuts are set to trigger after january first. in washington, i'm karin caifa. kron4 news for a more >> indepth look into the into the challenges, the president and congress face -- as the fiscal cliff deadline ticks forward. kron4's political analyst will join us tonight, at 5:30. >> pam: police now say the deadly home invasion -- that rocked a wealthy silicon valley suburb -- was *not random. raven dixon was arraigned in a santa clara court today on charges of being an accessory to the murder of raveesh kumar kumra durung a home invasion-- back on november 30th. dixon was led out of the san jose courtroom in chains after the judge put her bail at one million. a pre-trial hearing is set for the middle of january. >> in san jose, police ordered
the votes for it. >> well, for a lot of reason. dan greenhaus, you know what happens? if the fiscal cliff goes to january, the middle class tax cuts won't be extended, right? they end. but if you're a republican in the house, you'll be voting for a tax reduction. in other words, the first they expire on december 31st. i want to make this point, it's a simple point, but it sounds complicated. they expire. then january 1st or whenever. republicans can vote for a tax cut to put them back in the place. that could be redempive. that could be the spiritual redemption. >> the first of two is we were talking, roughly speaking about $1 trillion, $1.2 trillion in tax increasesment on january 1st, we're going to be talking about a $3.8 trillion tax reduction. the biggest, i think, listen, i don't think the republicans acquitted themselves as terrible as some were making out yesterday. but what they did do that was quite poor. if you're president obama from a legacy standpoint, you got a big boost right now. what i mean by that is on january 1st, the bush tax cuts are no more. >> right. >> going forw
)'s took a hit today thanks to the fiscal cliff drama the markets tanked after house republicans cancelled the vote. congress the final friday before christmas go without a deal. the dow dropped 120 points. the nasdaq lost 29. the s&p lost 14. adam shapiro of the fox business network. for weeks it's been reported that investors had already figured into the numbers if you will the fiscal cliff. why are we here? >> you mean at the point that we're down on the dow and down today? >> harris: yeah. >> first of all it could have been worse. when you saw the future last night what he would realized there was not going to be a deal in the house investors said it's not going to be good. they pulled back. there is still 10 days. some investors believe that will happen. priced. in big money investors already pulling out of the market. they were selling some of their stocks in anticipation what will be a tax hit for them no matter what. they were getting ready for. this you still have optimism among some investors that there could be a deal. monday is going to be a low volume day. it's a half day of t
outcome to going over the fiscal cliff and all polls, actually show that republicans would bear the brunt of the blame for that. so i wouldn't want to be in john boehner's shoes right now. >> either way, if it is the first scenario that mark marked out for us, if not speaker boehner, then who might replace them should there be a revolt here? eric cantor, just a year ago we were watching 2011 and it seemed like he was waiting in the wings. when you look at that, what might be the situation here? >> well, i think the situation is, i agree with mark that speaker boehner is in a tough position and you can't beat someone with no one. eric cantor could not, as i see it right now couldn't get the support to be speaker and there's no one else out there right now that could make a move because there's no one out there who could necessarily do a better job than john boehner and john boehner is somebody who could bridge the various factions in the republican family. >> who is better for the democrats here. when you look at speaker boehner, they say he's the more moderate of the possibilities that ar
. >> and the president leaves for hawaii as republicans plot their next move at the edge of the fiscal cliff. stay with us. abc 7 news at 6:00 continues in just a moment. >>> a bay area protestor hustled out of a news conference where the nra breaks it's silence by suggesting there should be more guns on campus, not fewer. >> nra says there should be an armed police officer at every school. >> abc 7 news mark matthews is here, got quite a reaction today it did. and a few expected the nra to come out in favor of gun control but executive vice president never brought it up. national rifle association sent a sharp mess yachblgt no retreat. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> nra meter said what is needed is an armed police officer in every single school. and he accused washington of rank hypocrisy for protecting the president but failing to do the same for school children. >> we as a society leave them every day utterly defenseless. >> nravp unloaded on the news media and condemned producers of violent video games and the police chief points out there is no
tax bill as the so-called fiscal cliff of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes comes ever closer. >> his proposal, known as plan b, was shot down by republicans who refuse to support any tax increases. the plan would have raised taxes on income over $1 million. he says it is now up to president barack obama to come up with a solution. >> what could that mean for ordinary americans? our reporter went to find out. >> store manager jennifer thomas sells trendy designer fashions at her boutique in the u.s. capitol, washington, d.c. it is a tough business. competition is fierce, and it could get worse if the u.s. were to slip over the fiscal cliff. automatic tax hikes across the board would mean less disposable income for american consumers. >> i think our biggest concerns here are we will not be seeing people purchase as many items as they have in the past. we will see people buy jeans and a top, but they will not buy an additional pair of jeans or a dress on top of that. >> many customers are already pinching pennies. >> it has put a lower ceiling than normal on what we can spend fo
'll close a deal to end the fiscal cliff crisis. taxes for 90% of us will go up in days unless an agreement is reached. president barack obama is now in hawaii for christmas with his family. yesterday, he urged the congress to adopt a stopgap measure to keep benefits flowing to unemployed workers that prevent taxes from rising on income under $250,000 a year. house speaker john boehner, he's home in cincinnati tonight. he failed the get mobs of his -- to get members of his own party to support the plan b. proposal for ending the crisis. today boehner was blaming democrats for the stale mail by refusing to include -- stalemate by refusing to include entitlements in the proposal. >> what the president is offering so far won't do anything to solve the problem. instead he wants more spending and more tax hikes that will hurt the economy. and he refuses to challenge the members of his party to deal honestly with the entitlement reform and the big issues that are facing our nation. that's why we find ourselves here today. >> president said on friday that since the deal has not been reached he wou
goes over the fiscal cliff and taxes go up for every family in america. but there is still time for the speaker to hit the brakes and avoid that cliff. >> even though democrats and republicans are arguing about whether those rates should go up for the wealthiest individuals, all of us, every single one of us agrees that tax rates should not go up for the other 98% of americans, which includes 97% of small businesses. every member of congress believes that. every democrat. every republican. so there is absolutely no reason, none, not to protect these americans from a tax hike. at the very least let's agree right now on what we already agree on. let's get that done. >> the house of representatives now stands in recess until thursday, december 27th. just four days before we step off that fiscal curb. this week, the office of management and budget issued guidance to government agencies outlining the potential impact of the $1.2 trillion in budget cuts, which will start to take effect on january first, if congress does not act. joining me now is ezra klein, columnist for "the washing
't whip up votes for their own fiscal cliff plan. speaker boehner says they'll be going on vacation without legislation. everyone assumes the fiscal cliff negotiations are done for the moment. suppose the newfound bears conventional wisdom is wrong. suppose if we don't go over the fiscal cliff or at the very least we get resolved with minimum destruction as i talked about at the top of the show. my super bowl see you in new orleans solution. i'm not saying this will happen. i'm saying this positive scenario is very much on the table. it has to be considered. and in that rosy okay things are all right scenario, good things could happen to our stock market in 2013. let's say you're an optimist that believes the fiscal cliff will be resolved and they rise above. what's the best way to play a fabulous bull market that some think could be unleashed? simple. assuming that everything goes right, the best proxy for the market in 2013 is the blackstone group. the big publicly traded asset firm. why blackstone? a company that i wasn't keen on. the company earns money investing other people's
, obviously, that one did not work out either. i think they will go over the cliff. the main objective that obama had was not a fiscal 1 but political, to follow the victory in november by creating civil war among republicans over the tax issue, which is exactly what happened. he said the 1 requirement i have for any deal is hiking tax rates. the reason that boehner was not able to do plan b was because it involved breaching the principle, which she did openly and said he was ready to do it. then conservatives said they would not do it. that is now a fracture in the party that will be extremely hard to reconcile. if you can not, how did you get a deal done before january 1? i am not sure they can be done that is essentially the problem the president faced with boehner two years ago, last year. can he deliver? how can you negotiate with someone who cannot deliver his side? >> you go to people for support, at least three of whom have lost their committee assignments. how can you expect them to come into your way of thinking? >> and they were growing when john boehner went down, taking so
days left for congress and the white house to make a deal and avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. the first family arriving in hawaii for the christmas holiday there, you see president getting off the plane, but before he left, president obama urged republicans and democrats alike to get it done. >> in the next few days, i've asked leaders of congress to work toward a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans, and lays the groundwork for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. that's an achievable goal. that can get done in ten days. >> congress is also in recess until after christmas. in his weekly address, house speaker john boehner accused the president and senate democrats of failing to offer a responsible solution. boehner's own proposal had to be pulled this week after he failed to get enough support from fellow republicans. >>> and the national rifle association promised meaningful contributions to avoid another tragedy like the one in newtown, connecticut. friday, the gun rights group unv
. quite the opposite. >> david, are republicans actually hoping to go over the fiscal cliff because then any vote on taxes technically would be to cut them and could go forward without saying we cut taxes? >> that's a good point. inning way to look at it. it would probably give some cover to those republicans that seems clear however big a group that is that will not vote to raise tax necessary any way. you heard yesterday's speaker boehner blamed the -- downfall of his own plan b on the idea that, you know, many thought without it raise tax owes those making over $1 million. i think what the problem of going over the cliff, republicans and doing a tax cut, would give up some of the leverage probably enforcing president obama to come to the table with more spending cuts. if they go over the cliff they believe more americans will blame republicans. some polls show that americans are fed up and would blame both parties. i think that'sing? they would have to keep in mind. >> let's take a listen to what speaker boehner said friday. here it is. >> many of us believe on both sides of the
speaker john boehner to come back to the negotiating table to avoid the "fiscal cliff." >> as of today, i am still ready and willing to get a comprehensive package done. >> reporter: the house did not even vote on speaker john boehner's proposed plan b because it didn't win enough republican support. >> good morning, everyone. >> reporter: the speaker says the ball is in the president's court. >> unless the president and congress take action, tax rates will go up on every american taxpayer and devastating the defense cuts will go into effect in 10 days. >> reporter: his bill would have extended tax rates for households making a million dollars a year. the president put the threshold at $400,000. the white house and democrats here on capitol hill are frustrated that speaker boehner spent the last several days pushing plan b instead of focusing on a bigger compromise. >> nobody can get 100% of what they want and this is not simply a contest between parties in terms of who looks good and who doesn't. >> reporter: disagreements over how much to raise taxes and cut spending continue to separat
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